Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore and Washington DC (November 2, 2009) - More than 25 years after myths about gifted education were first explored, they are all still with us and new ones have been added, according to research published in the current Gifted Child Quarterly (GCQ), the official journal of National Association for Gifted Children.
Providing specialized and organized gifted education courses was a relatively new concept in 1982 when an article entitled "Demythologizing Gifted Education" was first published in GCQ. Research at that time found that certain myths were widely believed, such as the idea that the gifted constituted a single, homogeneous group of learners, or that just one curriculum would serve all equally.
In "The Myths of Gifted Education: A Contemporary View," the journal takes a new look at the current state of gifted education. Researchers found that all 15 of the 1982 myths are still with us, though some have been modified over time, and several new ones have emerged. A few of the now 19 myths in this special issue of GCQ include:
- Creativity is too difficult to measure
- Gifted education means having a program
- High ability students don't face problems and challenges
- It's "fair" to teach all children the same way
- Advanced Placement (AP) is an adequate secondary program
"Our hope is that this issue will stimulate lively discussion, critical thinking, and creative research in the field," writes guest editor Donald J. Treffinger. "We hope to help 'shake loose the grip' of some common myths and suggest promising directions for more productive foundations for inquiry and practice."
"The Myths of Gifted Education: A Contemporary View" a special issue of Gifted Child Quarterly (published by SAGE) is available free for a limited time at http://gcq.sagepub.com/content/vol53/issue4. A Podcast interview with the editor about the differences (or not) in the myths since 1982 is available at http://gcq.
Gifted Child Quarterly (GCQ) is the premier scholarly journal of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). Since 1957, GCQ has offered original scholarly reviews of literature, research studies, and new insights about both giftedness and talent development in the context of the school, the home, and the wider society. http://gcq.
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